Our jazz nights at the Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month. It’s a perfect venue, with a bar that is just the right size with good seating, a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales! Since we started holding our monthly jazz nights in March 2011, Guildford Jazz has established itself as a popular club on the British jazz circuit – here are a few of the guests we’ve had the pleasure of inviting.
The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. Ticket prices for each event are below – they’re cheapest if you reserve in advance – just email firstname.lastname@example.org , telling us the number of tickets you’d like, and pay cash on the door when you arrive. If you want to pay in advance we have an online booking website (links under each event below), but please not that they charge a 10% booking fee.
Sept 13th VASILIS XENOPOULOS & NIGEL PRICE QUARTET
Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax) – Nigel Price (guitar) – Steve Brown (drums) – Marianne Windham (double bass)
Brilliant tenor saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos and 2016 British Jazz Award Winner for “Best Guitarist” Nigel Price kick off the Autumn season at Guildford Jazz club with a pre-launch gig of their keenly awaited new album. Expect arrangements of favourite standards and a smattering of originals, delivered with dazzling technique and fiery passion that swings like the clappers! Not to be missed.
After studying at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Vasilis was awarded a jazz scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston MA in 1999. In the same year he represented Greece in the European Jazz Youth Orchestra and toured with them throughout Europe. By 2002 Vasilis had moved to London and continued his studies under the guidance of Eddie Harvey, Stan Sulzmann, Jimmy Hastings and Pete Cook. Vasilis formed his first Quartet in 2005 and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. As a jazz musician he has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Bruce Adams, Martin Shaw, Nigel Price, Ray Gelato and many others. On an international level, he has appeared with a variety of top performers such as sensational pianists Hiromi, and Jason Lindner. In 2009 he formed his current ensemble “The Xtet” and their debut album “Loud City” containing 8 original compositions was released in 2011 to much critical acclaim. Vasilis has appeared in many guises, as guest soloist, as band leader or as saxophone section leader in jazz venues and jazz festivals throughout the UK. He is currently lead tenor in the Steve Taylor Big Band, and in the Ealing based Sound of 17 Big Band.
His explosive style means he is in great demand as a saxophone player for both live performances and as a session musician.
“One of the most fiery young saxophonists around blazes a path through the hard bop repertoire” (The Times)
Winner of “Best Guitarist” in the 2016 British Jazz Awards, Nigel Price is one of the most highly regarded and in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene today. He combines a great sound and a dazzlingly technique and his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues feeling and mastery of chording has made him instantly accessible and popular with jazz audiences.
Nigel spent three years with UK funk legends The James Taylor Quartet and his renowned Organ Trio won the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Award for “best jazz ensemble”. In addition to a heavy touring schedule he is also a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s, where he has played over 400 times!
“Sheer brilliance…. Price is a dynamic live performer.” Dave Gelly, The Observer ****
With Steve Brown on drums, and Marianne Windham on bass.
Early booking advised!
Oct 11th GLEN MANBY QUINTET feat. STEVE WATERMAN
Glen Many (alto sax), Steve Waterman (trumpet), Leon Greening (piano), Matt Home (drums), Marianne Windham (double bass)
“Great to hear this debut album from saxophonist Glen Manby, straight out of the hard bop top drawer and a real breath of fresh air to boot. A driving, hard swinging set with some memorable compositions from the leader along with some firecracker solos from the front line horns and pianist Leon Greening….A fine set in the hard bop idiom that does not look back, but to the present and how to keep this exciting music moving forward. Thoroughly recommended.” www.Jazzviews.net
Glen Manby is an alto saxophonist and composer based in Cardiff who has been a mainstay of the South Wales Jazz scene for many years whose primary influences are fellow alto players Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt and Phil Woods.
His Quintet features some of the busiest and most respected jazz musicians in Britain today including the British Jazz Award winning trumpet player Steve Waterman, pianist Leon Greening, described as ”one of the finest pianists this country has ever produced” (you may remember his very memorable visit at the Wood Street Jazz Festival this year!), and drummer Matt Home, who, as well as being one of the most in-demand drummers on the national circuit, appears regularly at Ronnie Scott’s as part of the house band.
The quintet’s debut CD, Homecoming, was released earlier this year and garnered a 4-star review as Jazz CD of the week in the Observer.
Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door or online here. Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.
“This well balanced and finely integrated quintet speaks bebop fluently….their cohesion and familiarity with some clean, unfussy and elegant arrangements is remarkable…There is, in fact, a satisfying sense of contrast in this uplifting set” – Jazz Journal
“this is an impressive album from Manby who acquits himself well in such stellar company and provides some engaging original material for his all star guests to get their teeth into” – Ian Mann
“…this is British jazz at its best” – The Jazz Rag